Redefining Retirement: A Whole New Ballgame

Redefining Retirement
Co-authors Lloyd Rutzky and Joel Levin

After retiring from teaching in 2007, Joel Levin took on a project paying homage to his first career as a ballpark vendor, which he did from 1962-1976. Together with co-author and amateur photographer Lloyd Rutzky, he has written Wrigley Field’s Amazing Vendors, a book that shares photographs and stories of the unique cast of characters that sold goods at Wrigley Field during the 1970s.

Having authored three books during his years as a classroom teacher—including math workbooks and How to Get a Job in Education—Joel is no stranger to the world of writing and publishing. So when looking for something to keep him busy in retirement, returning to writing just made sense. His years of working in ballparks are full of fond memories and interesting tales, and along with Lloyd’s collection of candid photos, he knew that something special could come out of that collaboration.

Wrigley Field’s Amazing Vendors is being published by Arcadia Publishing as a part of their “Images of Modern America” series, and will be released on July 9, 2018. Joel is thrilled to be able to share this tribute to his former ballpark colleagues with the world, and is especially excited about the photo of President Obama awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Chicago Cubs’ legend Ernie Banks in the Oval Office that is included in the book.

With this first post-retirement writing endeavor under his belt, Joel is hoping to create additional books about his time working in Comiskey Park, Soldier Field, and—of course—Wrigley during the 1960s. There are still many stories to be shared.

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